1. Rebuilding the German Embassy Kabul Germany is back – Rebuilding Efforts start at German Embassy Kabul
  2. Schloss Rheinsberg Welcome to Germany!
  3. Ghor province, Tulak district. Relief distribution to people affected by floods. German Support for ICRC Afghanistan
Rebuilding the German Embassy Kabul

Germany is back – Rebuilding Efforts start at German Embassy Kabul

Rebuilding capacities for the German Embassy in Kabul has started. On November 7th 2017 ambassador Hassmann broke ground for the reconstruction of the embassy. However the consular section, including the visa section of the embassy will remain closed until further notice.

Schloss Rheinsberg

Welcome to Germany!

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Ghor province, Tulak district. Relief distribution to people affected by floods.

German Support for ICRC Afghanistan

Germany has raised its support for ICRC assistance, protection, prevention and cooperation activities in Afghanistan 2016-2018 in Afghanistan from 5 to 8 Mio Euro.


Date: 08 December, 2017

The Visa Section and Consular Section of the German Embassy Kabul will remain closed until further notice due to the attack on 31 May 2017.

Contact: kabu%27%auswaertiges-amt%27%de,visa

1. New visa applications

a) Schengen Visa (up to 90 days)

In order to obtain a Schengen visa with Germany as the main destination you may now apply at one of the following Visa Sections:

German Embassy New Delhi

German Embassy Islamabad

German Consulate-General Istanbul

German Consulate-General Dubai
Please make an appointment at one Visa Section only. If you make appointments at several German missions abroad, all of your appointments will be cancelled.

b) National Visa

Applications for family reunification, student visas and other national visa can now be submitted to the German Embassy in Islamabad and the German Embassy in New Delhi. Applicants will be contacted about the appointment in order of their registration on the appointment list. We kindly ask for your understanding that scheduling an appointment may take several months due to the high number of applicants.

We kindly ask you to refrain from submitting status request. Applicants will be contacted individually.

IMPORTANT: Registration for an appointment can only be done via the following link. Registrations directly with the German Embassy in Islamabad or the German Embassy in New Delhi will be cancelled automatically.

You can register for an appointment for new applications for family reunification, student visas etc. here

If you registered on the appointment list or had an appointment for familiy reunification before the closure of the Visa Section of the embassy in Kabul, please provide the corresponding old appointment reference ID. Your request will be treated preferentially.

Timely notification to family reunification with a family member who is entitled to asylum or has been recognised as a refugee can be submitted to the website

c) Important Information

Please bear in mind that Afghan citizens require a visa for India, Pakistan, Turkey, the United Arab Emirates. If you wish to apply for a visa for Germany in a third country, please apply for an entry visa at the relevant country's mission first.
As far as the Federal Foreign Office is aware, Afghan citizens may currently enter Turkey if they hold a valid visa for Turkey or the United States of America.

Applications for Schengen visas by Afghan nationals at German missions abroad (New Delhi, Istanbul, Dubai and in the future Islamabad) can only be accepted if the applicant is holding a valid visa for the country where application is submitted.

The International Civil Aviation Organization (ICAO) of the United Nations has decided to discontinue the acceptance of non-machine readable passports as of November 25th, 2015. Handwritten Afghan passports will not be accepted after that date. Visa applicants holding handwritten passports are advised to submit machine readable passports. Please note that the passport generally needs to contain the holder`s signature.

2. Pending visa applications

National visa applications (family reunification, student visa, etc.) that had been submitted to the German Embassy Kabul prior to May 31st 2017 are now being processed at the Federal Foreign Office headquarters in Berlin.
After a final decision has been reached, the applicants can collect their visa or rejection letter as well as their original documents at the German Embassy in New Delhi or in Islamabad. It is not possible to collect the documents at any other German mission. The applicants will be conatcted as soon as possible with further details.

We kindly ask you to refrain from submitting status request. Applicants will be contacted individually.

If you have been asked to submit additional documents before May 31st 2017, please send the documents to kabu%27%diplo%27%de,visa

Please send all documents as .pdf. Only send scans of requested documents.

The Federal Foreign Office is working on returning the passports and other original documents that were submitted with visa applications to the German Embassy Kabul before 31 May 2017 to their respective holders. However, the security situation poses significant logistical challenges. Those affected are kindly requested to be patient. They will be notified as soon as possible. In urgent cases, we recommend that you obtain replacement documents and travel documents from your home country.

3. Consular emergencies, German passports and Inspection of Afghan documents

Please contact the Federal Foreign Office directly in case of consular emergencies in Afghanistan. German citizens can contact the Embassy of any EU Member State for assistance with emergencies in Afghanistan.

The German Embassy Islamabad has been designated as the passport office responsible for German citizens resident in Afghanistan. However, you may also apply for a German passport at other German missions abroad or at any passport office in Germany.

Certificates, authentications and attestations can be issued at other German Embassies and Consulates General in the region. Please contact the mission in advance.

It will not be possible to inspect Afghan public documents until further notice. The competent offices must therefore assess the authenticity of the documents themselves at their own discretion.


Important information for applicants

Visa applications with following bar codes have been processed but applicants could not be reached. If your reference number is concerned, please get in touch with the visa section via e-mail: kabu%27%auswaertiges-amt%27%de,visa. You can find your reference number on the receipt you received from the German Embassy.

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Germany’s candidacy for a seat on the Security Council in 2019/20

Germany is seeking to become a non-permanent member of the United Nations Security Council. Former Foreign Minister Steinmeier announced the candidacy for 2019/20 in Hamburg on Monday (27 June). The elections are expected to take place at the General Assembly in June 2018.

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Children and Armed Conflict

Children are the most vulnerable people in any armed conflict, which is why it is essential that the international community ensure special protection of children in such situations.

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German Cooperation with Afghanistan

The German Cooperation supports the Afghan state in respecting, protecting and guaranteeing human rights, providing security, and being recognised by its citizens as their legitimate representative and service provider, meeting their basic needs.

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Discover topics, find information, view videos , take part in the Germany Quiz and in online voting, interact with others: If you want to understand what makes Germany tick and what Germany is busy talking about, then visit deutschland.de and its social-media channels .

The Deutschland portal has a new face: young, refreshed, mobile and highly interactive.


Address, Contacts & Office Hours

Here you will find address, contacts and office hours of the embassy and how to reach us in case of emergency.

Online Appointment System


Visa appointments at the Embassy can only be made online. Please use your current passport number only. Any attempt to make more than one appointment with different passport numbers will lead to the rejection of your application. Please also ensure that your passport number, your e-mail address, etc. are filled out correctly, otherwise you will lose your appointment.

#RumoursAboutGermany - Public awareness campaign in Afghanistan

Billboard in Kabul

As part of its work to counter the rumours and untruths circulated by human traffickers, the Federal Foreign Office has launched a poster campaign in Afghanistan. Using posters and social media, the campaign is geared to Afghans who are considering fleeing to Germany. The aim is to prevent them risking their lives by deciding to flee to Germany on the basis of false information.